Seeing Oneself as Friend

in Philosophy and Friendship

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780748617272
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652358 | DOI:
Seeing Oneself as Friend

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This chapter addresses the question and the concepts of self-constitution and self-understanding as they are relevant to relations between friends. It considers questions of judgement and balance in relation to the presence of tension between friends and explores the process of self-constitution, the role of emotion in that process, and its relation to notions of self-worth and rational self-concern. The chapter explains the role of friends in the process of self-constitution, and reviews the relevant works of David Hume and Baruch Spinoza.

Keywords: self-constitution; self-understanding; friends; emotion; self-worth; rational self-concern; David Hume; Baruch Spinoza

Chapter.  17181 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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